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Marlins vs. Cubs: Start time, how to watch, game thread and Fish Picks—April 17, 2019

Game preview, lineups, news and props for Marlins vs. Cubs in Miami.

Photo by Danis Sosa/Fish Stripes

Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Marlins (4-14) vs. Cubs (7-9) game thread.

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Cubs Lineup

  1. RF Ben Zobrist
  2. 3B Kris Bryant
  3. 1B Anthony Rizzo
  4. SS Javier Báez
  5. CF Jason Heyward
  6. C Willson Contreras
  7. 2B Daniel Descalso
  8. LF Kyle Schwarber
  9. P Cole Hamels

Notes: The Cubs are seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season. Though it’s hardly surprisingly to see a desperate contender in position for the sweep, the Marlins should be frustrated to have been held scoreless thus far against one of MLB’s shakiest bullpens (5.1 IP on Monday and Tuesday).

Marlins Lineup

  1. CF Isaac Galloway
  2. 1B Martín Prado
  3. 3B Brian Anderson
  4. C Jorge Alfaro
  5. 2B Starlin Castro
  6. SS Miguel Rojas
  7. LF Austin Dean
  8. RF Rosell Herrera
  9. P Sandy Alcantara

Notes: Don Mattingly will try anything to spark the offense, including batting Galloway in the leadoff spot (despite him not even being on the 40-man roster until yesterday)...Remember that Jarlin García was recalled along with Galloway; with an off day approaching Thursday, it’s highly likely that the Marlins get him some work in this series finale...Curtis Granderson is auctioning off his Jackie Robinson Day game-used items to benefit kids. Spread the offer around!

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How to watch/listen/follow

The game gets underway at 7:10 p.m. ET. Watch on FOX Sports Florida and via MLB.TV or listen on 940 WINZ.

Wednesday’s credentialed Fish Stripes writer is Alex Krutchik (@AlexKrutchikFS).

Fish Picks

Please comment below or tweet to @fishstripes with your picks for the following props. The contest locks at first pitch.

  1. Who scores first? (Cubs/Marlins)
  2. Over/Under 94.5 pitches for Sandy Alcantara? (Over/Under)
  3. Over/Under 3:01 time of game? (Over/Under)
  4. Will the Marlins steal a base? (Yes/No)
  5. Who wins? (Cubs/Marlins)